LI Village Votes To Overturn Decades-Old Surfing Ban

Sophia Hall
August 21, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Surfing Off Log Island

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The village board in Southampton has voted to overturn a 42-year-old law banning surfing.

The 1977 law makes it illegal to surf off some areas during certain times and days of the year.

The surfing law was rarely enforced over the years until over the weekend when someone complained and officers told people to stop surfing or face fines of up to $1,000.

An amended law would allow surfing everywhere in the village at all times, with the exception of the bathing area at the popular Coopers Beach.

Hampton Bays resident and surfer Lindsey Levin was thrilled by the news.

"As surfers we want to be able to enjoy nature and the beauty of the water," Levin said. "It's just rejuvenating, it's peaceful, it's calming, it's healing." 

She called the decades-old law "crazy," adding, "It's like taking a tennis racket away from a tennis player. It's crazy."

A Change.org petition calling for the ban to be lifted has been signed by more than 7,500 people.